06.02.05 Update


Israel Insider reports on the 398 Palestinian prisoners that have been released as part of the February 8th truce agreement. More from the Jerusalem Post here.

Globes is reporting that the twelve private investigators arrested last week in suspicion for uploading Trojan Horse spyware to the computers of various companies were brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court this morning.

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened the Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism office, as described in the Koby Mandell Act of 2003. The office is charged with "ensuring equally vigorous efforts to capture all terrorists who have harmed American citizens overseas and equal treatment for all American victims of overseas terrorism". Arutz Sheva reports here.

Arutz Sheva reports on the hundreds of Jewish worshippers, escorted by the IDF, who prayed at Joseph's Tomb in Shechem (Nablus) Wednesday night.

eBay has announced that they are puchasing Israeli company Shopping.com. eBay has agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Shopping.com stock for $21 per share in cash. Based on the number of Shopping.com shares outstanding on May 31, 2005, the total consideration would amount to approximately $620 million. Shopping.com’s cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of May 31, 2005 totaled approximately $140 million. Get the full transcript of the eBay press release here.

New York Times columnist William Safire will receive a prestigious Israeli prize (JTA). A Pulitzer Prize winner who has written extensively on the Middle East, Safire will receive Bar-Ilan University’s Guardian of Zion Award on June 15, organizers said. Previous winners include Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, award-winning film producer Arthur Cohn and author Cynthia Ozick. Safire has written 14 books and is considered a confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

The Lincoln Journal Star in Lincoln, Nebraska reports on the small Jewish population in the central and western parts of the state organizing and building community. Full story here.

Gershon Jacobson, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Algemeiner Journal, the largest-circulation Yiddish weekly in the country, died Sunday (JTA). In 1972 Jacobson founded Der Algemeiner Journal. Jacobson, who had a graduate degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, was born Boris Yacobashvili in Moscow. He immigrated to the United States after World War II and after his father escaped from a Stalinist labor camp.

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